Comparison of space station cargo vehicles

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A number of different spacecraft have been used to carry cargo to and from space stations.


Legend for below table:   [under development] — [retired,canceled] — [operational,inactive]

Spacecraft Origin Manufacturer Launch system Length (m) Dry mass (kg) Launch mass (kg) Payload (kg) Payload volume (m³) Return payload (kg) Diameter (m) Generated power (W) Status
Progress 7K-TG  Soviet Union Energia Soyuz-U None Retired
TKS  Soviet Union Proton-K Retired
Progress-M
11F615A55
 Soviet Union
 Russia
Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-U2
7.2 7,130 2,600 7.6 150 with optional Raduga capsule 2.72 600[1] Retired
Progress-M1
[citation needed]
 Russia Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-FG
None Retired
Progress-M
11F615A60
 Russia Energia Soyuz-U 7.2 7,150 2,230 7.6 None 2.72 700 Operational
Progress MS  Russia Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-2-1a
7.2 7,150 2,230 Development, 2015
ATV  Europe EADS Ariane 5ES 10.3 10,470[2] 20,750[2] 7,667[2] 48 (pressurized) None 4.5 3,800[3] Retired
Dragon CRS  USA SpaceX Falcon 9 6.1 4,200[4] 10,200 3,310 pressurized or unpressurized, in any mixture[5] 10.0 (pressurized), plus 14 (unpressurized), or 34 (unpressurized with extended trunk)[6] 2,500 capsule return[7] 3.7 2,000[8] Operational
Dragon V2 cargo  USA SpaceX Falcon 9 Development
HTV  Japan JAXA H-IIB 10 10,500[9] 16,500[9] 6,000[9] 14 (pressurized, plus 16 unpressurized)[10] None 4.4 Operational
Cygnus (standard)  USA Orbital Antares 5.14 1,500[11] 2,000[11] 18.9[11] None 3.07 3,500[12] Operational
Cygnus (enhanced)  USA Orbital Antares 6.34 1,800[13] 2,700[13] 27[13] None 3.07 Development

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progress M". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle". ESA. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "ATV Utilization Relevant Data" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "SpaceX Brochure v7" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Bergin, Chris (19 October 2012). "Dragon enjoying ISS stay, despite minor issues – Falcon 9 investigation begins". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. "CRS-2 will debut the use of Dragon’s Trunk section, capable of delivering unpressurized cargo, prior to the payload being removed by the ISS’ robotic assets after berthing." 
  6. ^ http://www.spacex.com/downloads/dragonlab-datasheet.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/10/falcon-9loft-dragon-crs-1-mission-iss-attempt1/
  8. ^ "Dragonlab Datasheet" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Overview". JAXA. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)". NASA. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Cygnus Fast Sheet". Orbital Sciences Co. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Annual Compendium of Commercial Space Transportation: 2012". Federal Aviation Administration. February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Cygnus Spacecraft Information". Spaceflight101.